Early Childhood Program (Pre-k and K)
Wildrock warmly welcomes our youngest visitors for two-hour trips including free play on the playscape and educational games that teach about the seasons and plant and animal life at Wildrock. Children will splash in the stream, crawl through tunnels, hide in the bear cave, create in the art house, climb the log obstacle course, explore the giant nest, "cook" in the mud kitchen, and care for play animals in the Wildlife Rescue Station. For more information, click here.
A special Four Season Discovery Program invites preschoolers to come for four discounted trips over the course of the school year. Click here for more information.
Fees are $8 per student and chaperone. Teachers are free. There is a $150 minimum per trip. Title 1 schools may be able to have a reduced fee, depending on grant funding available.
Contact Sarah Harris, Early Childhood Program Director, for our teacher welcome kit. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Wildrock field trips invite play-based learning and student-directed inquiry. Themes correspond with the Virginia Standards of Learning and are adapted to meet the developmental needs of each age group. Trips are typically two to three hours in the morning. Free play only field trips available as well as programmed options. Students may stay for a bag picnic lunch.
The following themed trips are available for each grade level:
Habitat Explorers. Led by an environmental educator, this trip invites students to explore Wildrock's trail searching for signs of wildlife, such as antler sheds, nests, owl pellets, and burrow holes. Students will see stream, forest, and meadow ecosystems. This trip is available for first through fourth graders and includes free play exploration on the playscape and optional time for a picnic lunch in the pavilion. Find details here.
Wild about Rocks. Led by an environmental educator, this trip teaches students about Virginia's geologic history. Hike the discovery loop trail to find fascinating rocks, and identify igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. This trip is available for 5th graders. Click here for more details.
Tree Detectives. Learn about the fascinating trees at Wildrock during a hike on discovery loop trail. Students will learn about the wildlife that depends on trees, identification skills, and the tree life cycle. Students will be invited to create a simple land art installation to conclude the trip. This trip is available for kindergarten through second graders. For more information, click here.
Wildrock Stewards. Teaches conservation concepts during a hike on Discovery Loop Trail. Students will learn ways people can help the environment by creating improved habitat for plants and animals. To conclude the trip, students will create insect hotels that may be taken back to school to improve schoolyard habitat for insect populations in decline. This trip is available for first through fourth graders. Click here for more details.
Story Weavers. Led by an experienced drama teacher and expressive movement artist, this field trip includes an hour of free play on the playscape and an interactive performance on the Creation Stage teaching about woodland life through Native American storytelling. This trip is available for first through fourth graders. For more information, click here.
Land Artistry. Led by an outdoorsman and musician, this field trip includes an hour of free play on the playscape followed by a music making circle with natural materials and an expressive art activity to spark creativity and a sense of connection to the natural world. This trip is available for first graders through eighth graders.
Camping in a Day Adventure Students get a taste of camping in a day. Students put up tents together, explore using a compass, search for edible wild plants, and look for signs of animal life. Wildrock staff lead students in learning how to create a campfire and to safely put it out. Students are also participate in nature journaling activities as they explore forest, stream and meadow areas. This trip is available for fourth grade and up.
Team-building Field Trips: click here.
Fees are $8 per student and chaperone. Teachers are free. There is a $150 minimum per trip. When grant funding is available, Wildrock will provide discounts and scholarships for schools with a high percentage of children who receive free and reduced lunch.
Wildrock can accommodate up to two school buses of students. To learn more or schedule a trip, please click here to contact us. Waivers and policy and procedures forms are available at the bottom of this page.
Senior Citizen Field Trips
Wildrock offers a field trip program for senior citizen community groups.
Tray Play in Nature is a two-hour therapeutic program using beautiful and artful natural materials on interactive trays to inspire self-expression, artistic freedom, and sensory enjoyment. The program includes an opportunity to explore the beauty of Wildrock and to enjoy a tactile, sensory experience with natural materials. Fees are $18 per person. A minimum fee of $180 is required. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Wildrock is committed to bringing nature play to schools and community groups. We offer after-school programs, pop-up play installations, and in-school enrichment offerings. For more information, click here.